China will spend 1.5 billion yuan ($200 million) on its drive to professionalize farming, which the Minister of Agriculture claimed will make “everyone want to be farmers.” Participants will be encouraged to use modern machinery rather than manual labor, be educated in environmentally friendly farming techniques and will be taught up-to-date land management knowledge, the People’s Daily reported on Sunday [3 September 2017]…Full Article: ECNS.cn Sept 2017

Key Point

  • As part of the farming program, farmers will be able to register online for local and web-based training lessons. These lessons will include teaching farmers how to operate agricultural drones.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2016, Chinese media reported that agricultural drones were being used on 26,000 mu [~1,733 hectares] of land in Ningxia Hui Region.
  • In June 2016, approximately 4,890 Chinese farms owned agricultural drones.
  • From 2011 to 2015, China’s rural population declined from 664 million to 608 million.
  • China’s rural population hit its peak in 1991 at 836 million, which comprised 73% of China’s total population. From 1992 to 2000, the country’s average rural population slowly declined at less than 1% annually. From 2001 to 2008, this decline jumped to 1-2% annually, and averaged over 2% per year from 2009 to 2011.

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